The following is a plea to our citizens to rally on behalf of our nation’s future.
There are those who claim our government is too large and their answer is the privatization of everything. You may recall Bush/Cheney privatized the Iraq and Afghan wars by hiring Cheney’s company Halliburton to administer large segments of those wars. The result was tremendous cost overruns and extraordinary profit for Cheney and company.
There are those who claim government is too large and wish to privatize Social Security and Medicare. Social Security has been solvent for 75 continuous years. Why, then, would some wish to privatize that program? Well, needless to say, for profit, and untold restrictions to assure profit. The list goes on and on: privatize health care to satisfy the insurance companies, privatize roads, national parks and schools. All the transfer of wealth in this nation might continue to gravitate to the one percent.
We live in a democracy that has been the most effective governing force in recorded history. For 234 years our elected representatives forged compromise for the good of our nation. As a result of that compromise our nation became the envy of the world, the leader of every facet of human endeavor. For the last two years, the art of compromise has been abandoned. The Republican-controlled house has resisted every effort to emerge from the Bush/Cheney recession.
The words of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address resound in my ear: “We are again testing whether this nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.”
The battlefield of this war is not Bull Run or Gettysburg. Our battlefield is the voting places across this nation where we must remove those who represent the forces that profit above allegiance to our nation. It was not the middle class that caused this recession. It was not the Social Security recipients who caused the recession. It was not the present government that caused the recession. It was the profit takers. To borrow a biblical phrase: “It was the money changers.”
We must therefore stand together for a government that seeks to uplift all boats to the common good. A government that will not allow suppression of voter rights, a government that would endeavor to rebuild our roads and bridges, our infrastructure and restore the middle class to allow American-made products, goods and services to once again prevail.
We who inherited the wealth and wonder of our beloved nation, we who now hold the responsibility of preserving our nation for generations to come, we the people of every race, creed and religion must pose to ourselves this question: “Was our government wrong these past 234 years or for the past two years?”
The answer is obvious. We must work together or we will perish together. We must stop the insanity of self before all else.
I am but one small voice in this endeavor. I implore you to join me, to return our nation to that which made all others yearn for our shores. Our present government is not to blame, it is the profit takers, the money changers, that tore our world asunder.
God bless those who truly serve our nation and God bless America now and evermore.